to the 2015 Rice University Business Plan Competition (“RBPC”). We appreciate your interest in participating
in this year’s event, hosted by the Rice Alliance
for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of
Business at Rice University.
teams will be invited to compete in the 2015 RBPC at Rice University. Last year's teams competed for nearly $3
million in prizes, including $2 million in investment offers, more than $330,000
in other cash prizes, and nearly $500,000 in in-kind awards. Teams
will have the opportunity to meet and network with over 250 venture capital
principals, early stage investors, and successful entrepreneurs who will serve
as judges for the competition.
to participate in the RBPC is determined by the criteria outlined in the
Executive Summary section and by meeting the deadlines below.
How to Enter
RBPC uses the iStart platform to manage applications. To enter, one individual
from the team should complete the online enrollment form found at rbpc2015.istart.org. In addition to
the iStart Business Setup information, the Application and Executive Summary must
be completed no later than Noon CST, Friday, February 27, 2015.
Note: Schools may
submit an unlimited number of entries, but typically
only 1-2 teams per school will be invited to compete. (Exceptions to this
guideline may be made on a case-by-case basis.)
In the case of multiple entries
from the same university, RBPC will choose the team(s) to represent that
university at the Competition.
Deadlines – Pre-Competition
February 27, 2015
by Noon CST
to submit Application, Executive Summary, and optional Video Pitch:
go to RBPC website
to access iStart platform
that complete an Application will receive a free 6 month
subscription to Live Plan by
Palo Alto Software. Instructions for your
subscription will be provided after receiving your completed Application.
March 13, 2015
announces 42 Teams to Compete
March 18, 2015
5:00 pm CDT
Deadline for Invited
Teams to confirm commitment to compete
Deadline--last day to withdraw without penalty (see below)
March 23, 2015
by Noon CDT
to submit Written Business Plan and Media materials online
If a confirmed team DROPS OUT AFTER MARCH 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm CDT FOR ANY REASON,
their school will be ineligible to compete in the RBPC and approximately 25
affiliated university business plan competitions for two years. In addition, a letter will be sent to their
faculty advisor and to the Dean of their School informing them of their
university representative’s failure to honor their commitment, and of their
school’s disqualification for the next two years. Spaces are limited at the RBPC, and a last
minute cancellation will prevent another university from competing.
• Use of
Conference Materials: The Rice Alliance reserves the right to use any
material prepared for the RBPC in publicizing and promoting the event. The Rice Alliance may use these materials in
any printed materials and any videotape or other medium that it may produce. The Rice Alliance may videotape any portion
of the Competition and utilize these tapes in any way that its sees fit.
Fees: The RBPC does not have an entry fee.
to Competition Rules: While not anticipated, these rules and prizes are
subject to change at the discretion of the Rice Alliance at any time. The Rice Alliance staff has the right to
interpret these rules according to its own judgment.
regarding the Competition and the Winners: All decisions regarding the
competition rules, procedures, and processes are at the sole discretion of the
Rice Alliance. Changes and/or
interpretations of these rules may be made by the Rice Alliance at any time,
even though they may be (or may appear to be) in conflict some previously
published information. The selection of
the teams to compete and the decision of the winners are at the sole discretion
of the judges and the Rice Alliance. Best
efforts will be made to make decisions in accordance with this Official Rules